Maxine Murchie celebrates her goal against the Lions, to help the Hawks to a 2-0 win (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
Laurier: 2 YORK: 0
WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, September 8, 2017) – The Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team made a statement Friday evening, backing up a 1-0 road win last Sunday with a comprehensive 2-0 victory at University Stadium to sweep a home-and-home set with the 2015 OUA Champion York Lions.
What a difference a year makes.
One year ago, the Lions (0-4-1) were able to exert their will on the Hawks (2-1-2), with 2-0 and 1-0 victories over the purple and gold in 2016.
In 2017, that script has been reversed, with the Hawks firmly in charge of Friday’s match in both ends of the pitch.
While Laurier was not able to break through with a goal in the first half, they controlled possession, with the defence not giving the Lions an inch to breathe offensively. York did not register a shot until moments before the whistle for half-time.
You could feel the pressure from the purple and gold building up on the Lions near the end of the first 45 minutes. A breakthrough seemed imminent. Surely enough, York’s protective bubble burst early in the second half, and it was full steam ahead for the Hawks.Pauline McCordic
(North Vancouver B.C.) was first in line for the purple and gold, heading home a ball from Nicole Lyon
(Kitchener, Ont.) for her first marker of the year. Maxine Murchie
(Kitchener, Ont.), coming in as a second-half substitute after missing a game due to injury, was next to the feast. Showing off her class, she made a mockery of the York back-line with some smooth footwork, quickly pushing the Laurier lead to two just 15 minutes into the second.
Some stellar team defence from the Hawks was more than enough to push them over the line for a second straight victory. While keeper Ashley Almeida
(Burlington, Ont.) did not have much work, she did come up with a key save late to preserve her second consecutive clean sheet.
The team is gaining momentum just in the nick of time, with the first Battle of Waterloo of 2017 against the Warriors (2-0-2) looming Sunday afternoon at Warrior Field. With the University Avenue rivals tied for second in the OUA West Division on eight points, expect a fiercely competitive contest.
Sunday’s Waterloo Derby goes at 1:00 p.m.